Knighs Claw Past 'Cats



March 20, 2014

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By Andy Seeley

WILMINGTON, N.C. ( – The No. 51-ranked UCF men’s tennis team picked up its 10th dual victory of the season Thursday afternoon with a neutral site victory. The Knights defeated Binghamton 4-3 as part of “Battle at the Beach” being hosted by UNC-Wilmington.

UCF took two of the three doubles matches to score the doubles point. And it proved to be a big point, as the singles matches were split 3-3. UCF’s No. 3 team of Chris Barrus and Inaki Espindola took an easy 8-0 win, while Binghamton won the No. 1 match. That left Francesc Aulina and Reece Acree to decide the doubles point at No. 2. The Knight duo edged Binghamton’s Ismael Dinia/Eliott Hureau by an 8-7 score.

UCF’s Francesc Aulina and Chris Barrus were victorious at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, respectively. Those victories put UCF up 3-2, leaving the Knights in need of one more singles victory to take the match. Espindola provided the winning margin, when he topped Dinia 7-6, 6-1 at No. 4 singles.

The Knights will continue play in Wilmington through the weekend.

No. 51 UCF 4, Binghamton 3

No. 1 Alex Maisin/Aswin Nambi (BU) def. Amar Hromic/Jesse Flores (UCF) 8-5
No. 2 Francesc Aulina/Reece Acree (UCF) Ismael Dinia/Eliott Hureau (BU), 8-7 
No. 3 Chris Barrus/Inaki Espindola (UCF) def. Vihar Shah/Thomas Caputo (BU), 8-0

No. 1 Sid Hazarika (BU) def. Amar Hromic (UCF) 7-5, 3-6, 6-3
No. 2 Francesc Aulina (UCF) def. Alexander Maisin (BU), 6-3, 6-3 
No. 3 Chris Barrus (UCF) def. Robin Lesage (BU), 6-3, 6-3 
No. 4 Inaki Espindola (UCF) def. Ismael Dinia (BU), 7-6, 6-1
No. 5 Eliott Hureau (BU) def. Jesse Flores (UCF), 6-1, 6-3
No. 6 Florian van Kann (BU) def. Reece Acree (UCF), 6-1, 6-3



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